Jakie Abshire may only have one fight under her belt, but in my opinion, she is probably the toughest women in the amateeur 115-pound division in this region. Abshire made her debut at Evolution Combat Series 1 against Melinda Hill and was able to get a knockout victory due to a huge slam.
That fight showed me that this woman was for real, and could be a real contender in her weight class. Abshire has ten years of wrestling under her belt, and was convinced with her background she would do well in MMA.
On January 10, at Apex Fights 4 from Sullivan Central High School in Blountville, Tenn., Abshire (1-0, JCMAA) will have to get past the always tough Paula Riddle, who has a couple of Fight of the Night awards and always brings the fight to her opponents.
Abshire also will be appearing on Season 2 of Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge show on CMT, which debuts January 4. She's not the only WMMA fighter on the card; V3 champion Amberlynn Orr also is part of Season 2.
We were able to speak with Abshire about her upcoming fight in this week's Women's MMA feature.
How has your training camp been coming for this fight?
ABSHIRE: "I'm excited to get back in the cage. Training camp has been awesome, I'm constantly learning and getting better everyday."
Have you been doing any cross training with any other gyms or just staying with JCMAA?
ABSHIRE: "I have solely been training with JCMAA, I regularly train CrossFit at my husband's gym, CrossFit TFB. I do plan to do some cross-training throughout camp though."
With your impressive knockout in your last fight, how do you plan on topping that performance?
ABSHIRE: "I had a very impressive KO to start my career off and I plan to do just the same. That fight definitely set the pace for me."
Now you have a tough opponent, what do you know about her in this fight and what do you think is the biggest threat she poses in the cage?
ABSHIRE: "I have heard that she has had some 'fight of the night' awards showing that she is a tough opponent. I feel that Paula should be the one to feel threaten because I am a tougher opponent than she has had in the past."
What can the fans expect to see out of you in this fight?
ABSHIRE: "A focused, determined demeanor as I walk out and as soon as I step in the cage and the door locks I'm getting the job done"
Is there anything you would like to add about this fight or your opponent?
ABSHIRE: "I'm just excited to get back in the cage and get a win against an accomplished local fighter."
Who would you like to thank in helping you prepare for this fight?
ABSHIRE: "I would like to thank my husband, Butch for getting me in shape to even start MMA and the coaches at JCMAA, Brenden for giving me the opportunity to represent them and the gym."
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